Algerian villagers stunned as snow falls in Sahara for first time in over 30 years 

Posted: December 20, 2016 by oldbrew in weather

Nearly a White Christmas in the Sahara

Nearly a White Christmas in the Sahara

This snowfall has even arrived before the Northern hemisphere winter solstice.

This might not be the first place you’d expect to find a festive snowy scene, but incredible images show the Sahara desert looking particularly chilly. It is just the second time in living memory that snow has fallen, with the last occasion being in February 1979, reports

The pictures were taken by amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra, Algeria, yesterday afternoon. He captured the amazing moment snow fell on the red sand dunes in the world’s largest hot desert.

This time the snow stayed for a day in the town, which is around 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.

Karim said: ‘Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos. The snow stayed for about a day and has now melted away.’

The Sahara Desert covers most of Northern Africa and it has gone through shifts in temperature and moisture over the past few hundred thousand years.

Although the Sahara is very dry today, it is expected to become green again in about 15,000 years.

Source: Algerian villagers stunned as snow falls in Sahara for first time in over 30 years — Earth Changes —

  1. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    The last snow was in 1979

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  3. thefordprefect says:

    On Feb. 18, 1979, low altitude areas of the Sahara desert recorded their first snowfall in living memory. Snow fell in spots in southern Algeria, where a half-hour snowstorm stopped traffic. Several Saharan mountain ranges, however, receive snow on a more regular basis.

    In winter, temperatures drop low enough on the Tahat summit, the highest mountain peak in Algeria, to cause snow about every three years. The Tibesti Mountains, in northern Chad, receive snow on peaks over 8,202 feet (2,500 meters) once every seven years on average. [Image Gallery: World’s Snow Cover Seen from Space ]

  4. fredsconsulting says:

    Well maybe I should drum up some work down there, I do roof snow removal

  5. tom0mason says:

    Arguably the Sahara’s first brush with snow was November 29, 2016 as snow fell in Saudi Arabia, and YouTube hosted many videos.

    Since then snow in the last two months in Algeria (twice), Morocco, Saudi Arabia (again). Blizzard hits Lebanon after their citrus growers in the Akkar plain say fruit trees ravaged by frost and cold. November 30, 2016, Iran’s citrus and horticulture crops was destroyed — the infrastructure damage is estimated in $billions after being struck by a very heavy snow fall.

    And what news channel informed us that Syria had snowstorms in Damascus just before all the madness of Aleppo? Or that there were floods in Libya?

    One bright point in all this cold weather was December 4, when a blizzard stopped the Turks and Kurds fighting each other, as it swept into the combat area.

    Well we can’t read too much in to it, after all it’s only weather!

  6. Eilert says:

    My guess is the real reason for the snow is there was enough humidity to actually snow and not necessary the cold temperature it self. Which is why it is such a rare occurrence.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Cool in the States too…’Chicago fell to minus 13 degrees on Monday, just one degree shy of tying its daily record low.’

    And wasn’t the Arctic supposed to be ridiculously warm the other day? Didn’t last long…

    Bitter Cold Arctic Air Sets Dozens of Record Lows in the Midwest and Plains
    December 19, 2016

    ‘Dozens of record lows have been set in the Midwest and Plains since this weekend as the second of two arctic blasts in the past week invaded those regions.’

  8. oldbrew says:

    Saudi: Camels standing in the snow – Several videos
    DECEMBER 21, 2016

  9. oldbrew says:

    Sledging… in the Sahara! African desert region is hit by its biggest snowfall in living memory with snow up to a METRE deep

    The town of Ain Sefra in western Algeria has recorded the first snowfall in the town since February 18, 1979
    For the first time in their lives Children are building snowmen in town known as ‘Gateway to the Sahara Desert’
    Cold weather has delivered snow and freezing temperatures to Costa del Sol, Majorca and now North Africa

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